A Hawaiian ‘Apapane bird signs out on the on the Big Island of Hawaii. Male ‘Apapane in particular are known for their patterned calls and singing.
The ‘Apapane bird’s beautiful red feathers were used to make capes, helmets, and lei for Hawaiian royalty, the ali’i, in traditional Hawaii. The crimson adornments would make it clear to those around the wearer that they were noble and should be treated accordingly.
The ‘Apapane is endemic to Hawaii and is only found on six of our islands. They forage in wetter ‘ohia forests, mostly above 4000 feet in elevation.
Prince Kuhio (3/26/1871 to 1/7/1922) was born in Kaua’i, made a prince at age 13, educated in Hawaii, California, England, and Japan, and known for his work during the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 read more
‘Ula’ula–red–is a sacred color associated with royalty in Hawaii. Here, a red hibiscus shows brightly in the afternoon sun with yellow pollen. read more
Built between 1880 and 1882, ‘Iolani palace was erected to show that Hawaii was indeed a prestigious, modern nation. read more
A luau performer appears as a Hawaiian king (Mōʻī), part of the Ali’i (royalty) during an evening luau at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel at Kamakahonu Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. read more
An offering sits atop the Kuʻemanu Heiau, overlooking the surf at Kahalu’u Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island and surfers take to the waves. read more
With ocean views, a pleasant breeze, beautiful surroundings and immediate access to the biggest ships coming and going, Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua Kona was a perfect vacation home for royalty. read more
This copper Hawaii royal crest hangs on the wrought iron front gate at Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii. read more
Kahili Ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum) is another beautiful, aromatic, ginger plant introduced to Hawaii. read more
Anaeho’omalu Bay is a gorgeous cove of beach found on the northwestern side of Hawaii’s Big Island. A small, historic Hawaiian fish pond sits just before the ocean, kept intact by a small strip of land separating the pond and the sea. read more
Kamehameha Day, celebrated on June 11 each year, honors King Kamehameha the Great, unifier of the Hawaii islands. Each island celebrates in its own way, but all typically have an extravagant floral parade featuring royal pa’u… read more